A young boy remains fighting for life in hospital after he was struck by an alleged drink driver near Brisbane while looking at Christmas lights with his family on Sunday night.
The nine-year-old is still in a critical condition in Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital after he was hit about 7.20pm on Christmas Day at Springwood.
Police say the driver, Adrian Murray, 24, was three times over the limit when he failed to negotiate a turn off Jardine Street and hit a parked car before striking the boy who was walking nearby.
One witness described the scene as “carnage” after the car continued on through a hedge and hit a water tank before crashing into a house.
He said the boy was looking at Christmas lights with his sisters and the driver was a neighbour.
Another man who saw the crash described the car as “like a torpedo”.
“It was just mayhem,” he told 9NEWS.
“Just an almighty thud.”
The driver was being questioned by detectives but was released from custody and allowed to spend Boxing Day at home.
Senior Sergeant Tony Jackson said it was a tragic reminder to consider safety on the roads.
“Especially being Christmas Day and as a result of celebrations going on, the emotions now felt by the family would be very disturbing,” he told the ABC.
“Police would like to remind members of the public that at this time of year just remember fatigue, drink driving, seat belts, the use of mobile phones and just consider all safety in relation to the driving of streets within the suburban areas.”
No charges have been laid.